Oakdale Acorn Awards recognize pollinator-friendly properties

The Oakdale City Council presented the 2015 Acorn Awards to winners in two categories Aug. 11. Both properties were recognized for their curb appeal and pollinator-friendly landscape.  Left,, Marc Cove accepted the Acorn Award in the commercial category on behalf of Platinum Bank. Pictured from left: council member Bill Rasmussen, mayor Stan Karwoski, council member Lori Pulkrabek, Marc Cove, council member Kristen Cici and council member Paul Reinke.  (submitted photo)
The Oakdale City Council presented the 2015 Acorn Awards to winners in two categories Aug. 11. Both properties were recognized for their curb appeal and pollinator-friendly landscape. Left,, Marc Cove accepted the Acorn Award in the commercial category on behalf of Platinum Bank. Pictured from left: council member Bill Rasmussen, mayor Stan Karwoski, council member Lori Pulkrabek, Marc Cove, council member Kristen Cici and council member Paul Reinke. (submitted photo)
Oakdale residents Donald and Sandra Hystead received the 2015 Acorn Award in the residential category. Pictured from left: council member Paul Reinke, council member Lori Pulkrabek, Donald Hystead, Sandra Hystead, mayor Stan Karwoski, council member Kristen Cici and council member Bill Rasmussen.  (submitted photo)
Oakdale residents Donald and Sandra Hystead received the 2015 Acorn Award in the residential category. Pictured from left: council member Paul Reinke, council member Lori Pulkrabek, Donald Hystead, Sandra Hystead, mayor Stan Karwoski, council member Kristen Cici and council member Bill Rasmussen. (submitted photo)

There are a lot of beautifully landscaped and well-maintained properties in Oakdale, but there are a handful that really stand out.

Each year, Oakdale officials look to honor those who go above and beyond normal maintenance standards in their yards and gardens by handing out Acorn Awards.

The Acorn Awards are a long-standing tradition in Oakdale, but this year city officials scaled back the number of awards to two — one award in the residential category and another in the commercial/industrial category.

Mayor Stan Karwoski and city council members handed out the awards to the recipients in both categories at the Aug. 11 council meeting.

This year's winners in the residential category are Donald and Sandra Hystead who received the award for their property in the 7600 block of 23rd Street. Platinum Bank, located at the corner of 10th Street and Helmo Avenue, received the award in the commercial category.

Karwoski said both properties have a strong focus on pollinator- and wildlife-friendly landscaping.

"Each of us can make a positive difference by planting a diverse assortment of flowering plants, especially native species and by using alternative methods for pests and disease control, rather than pesticides," the mayor said.

Platinum Bank market president Marc Cove accepted the Acorn Award at City Hall Aug. 11. He said in addition to the professional landscape staff, everyone at the bank does their part to maintain the grounds, which include mature woods and a kaleidoscope of blooming native perennials that attract honeybees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife.

"We really pride ourselves in keeping it natural and doing what we can to keep the trees healthy and making sure we provide that habitat," Cove said. "Hopefully, it's enjoyable for everybody that drives by. So thank you very much," Cove said.

Donald and Sandra Hystead were also present at the meeting to accept the Acorn Award in the residential category.

"I guess I really just want to say thank you. I appreciate it, and I'm honored, because there's a lot of pretty properties in Oakdale," Sandra Hystead said.

"It's just my passion and I love gardening, so it's easy."

Karwoski thanked everyone who submitted nominations for the Acorn Awards, as well as the Oakdale Garden Club for reviewing the nominations and selecting the winners.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822.

 

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